Laufersweiler powers SE boys

JEWELL – The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond boys basketball team passed a difficult road test Saturday night, escaping with a 57-53 triumph over South Hamilton.

Senior Konrad Laufersweiler recorded a career-high 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Gaels (6-0 overall), while classmate Robby Burke chipped in 15 points and 11 boards.

“(The Hawks) are a good team, which is what we expected coming in,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “After an emotional game (in Friday’s 70-55 North Central Conference victory against Iowa Falls-Alden), I thought we played really hard again, which was nice to see.”

Harrison Mayer, a sophomore, delivered nine points off the bench for the Gaels, making three triples. Junior Matthew Bocken also finished with six assists.

St. Edmond, which committed just nine turnovers, outrebounded the Hawks, 29-23.

“Konrad was real active and didn’t turn the ball over at all,” Kochendorfer said. “He had about five of his rebounds in the fourth quarter alone.

“Harrison came in and hit three big threes in the first half that gave us a little cushion, too.”

Collin Hill, a 6-foot-4 freshman, led the way for South Hamilton (5-2) with 19 points. Trevor Ullestad was next in line offensively with 12. As a team, the Hawks connected on 10 three-pointers.

“Hill is built really well and is real athletic,” said Kochendorfer. “He gave us some trouble late in the game.”

Next action for the Gaels is Jan. 3 when they host North Central Conference foe Eagle Grove (0-7).